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Preview — Mastered By Love by Stephanie Laurens
Mastered By Love
The men of the Bastion Club proved their bravery secretly fighting for their country. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride.
As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club known as "Dalziel," Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England's most august no...more
(ETA: I read this and reviewed it on my blog in August 2009. For some reason, I did not post this review at Goodreads. This review is way harsh, since I was horribly disappointed. But I would like to add that I still adore SL as an author, although this is definitely not her best work).....
Nooooooooooo! Why, Stephanie, why?????
OK, to say that I am massively disappointed by this book would be an understatement. I have enjoyed the Bastion Club series ...more
***4.0 "Totally not what I expected" stars
"Know this, I will give you anything. Anything and everything I have to give. There is nothing you can ask for that I will not grant you. What ever I have, what ever I am, is yours."
Royce, Aka Dalziel, has been the leader over the members of the Bastian Club. But none of its members knew his true identity...until now. Dalziel's father has passed and it's time for him to return home and take up the reigns.
Far l ...more
Series note: I hesitate to say that this book could possible be read on it's own. The story does deal with past events of the series and utilizes past characters, but the plot and romance itself are pretty self-sufficient. So I think a ...more
Minerva has been the chatelaine of Wolverstone Castle for many years now. Informally adopted by the Duke's family after the death of her p ...more
When at last the leader of Bastion club, Royce Dalziel Varisey, 10th Duke of Wolverstone, returns home after years of fighting for his country- he does not expect that he'd be faced with Dukedom due to his father's passing, or that he would find himself violently attracted to his determindedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton.
Initially thinking that the attraction is one sided, he watches her from afar while learning to take co ...more
With these books you get a historical romance with crazy in love heroes who don't even look at another woman.
I just finished the last book, book #8, Mastered by Love, and it was the best by far of the series. Each of the Bastion Club members worked as a spy during ...more
There were no proofreaders , friends , family or an editor who told S. Laurens that this would just not do as the last and very anticipated book of the Bastion club series ?? Unbelievable !!
However the almost entirety of the book dealt with the romance between Royce and Minerva, Royce's coming to grips with his inheritance, with the truth of his failed relat ...more
2018--being past caring much about the eroticism, I am better able to enjoy other aspects. I LOVED the scene with Royce and the crofters' children. Admittedly, the last half definitely merits 4 stars so I'm giving, kind of under protest.
2019--And the 5 stars ...more
It looks like some of the members of the Bastion Club will continue in a new series called the "Black Cobra Quartet", the first volume is The Untamed Bride.
The element of adventure is incidental, at best and at worst, I've read this plot before. Please read Celeste Bradley's The Royal Four series.
Master by Love is book eight in the Bastion Club series by Stephanie Laurens. Sometimes referred to as book seven in the series because the first book is a prequel. In the previous books in the series we see our lead characters trying and failing to unmask a spy in their midst. Our worthy hero ...more
This is about Minerva and Royce (Dalziel's real name). He's the 10th Duke of Wolverton, but he put all that behind him 16 years ago when he decided to accept a highly secret position for their majesties at Whitehall. His father didn't approve; to his father (and m ...more
Just about the dumbest plot ever.
Apart from that bi ...more
Once in London, Stephanie ...more